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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems

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  • audhamaudham Posts: 31
    "We have been getting emails from folks who also have experienced
    transmission problems"

    **5/14/10 > UPDATE FROM LAWYER SINCE MESSAGE #338**

    They have set up investigation pages specifically for the 2005 Pathfinder
    problems, and have asked people who email him to use these pages
    to provide basic info. The links are:

    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/defects/pathfinder.php
    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/contact/contact-pathfinder.htm

    In order to make sure there database is complete please provide the
    requested info on the online form.

    Please provide these links to anyone who would be interested in contacting us about these problems.

    THANK YOU!! :shades:
  • rschwinnrschwinn Posts: 1
    we have a 2006 Nissan pathfinder SE we bought it used in 2006 with 28,000 miles and bought the extended warranty package the problems we have had was:

    1. check engine light came on and would not go off it was airbag frontal recall had that replaced

    2.fuel system gas tank recall replaced our gas tank gauge kept reading inaccurate and we had to pay 500 warranty deductible

    3. now we are having a issue when we drive and reach 40 mph or higher the truck starts vibrating and shaking it feels like u r driving on those rumble strips I am concerned since checking on the Internet I have found an abnormal amount of people having the same issue who say it is a issue with the radiator fluid leaking into the transmisson causing the radiator and transmission needing to be replaced and Nissan will not issue a recall or refund even though there have been numerous complaints filed.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    JOIN THE OTHERS WITH THE PARTITION FOR A LAWYER .
  • duchess748duchess748 Posts: 2
    edited May 2009
    At least as a 2006 model you were able to get the recall on the fuel system issue. Mine is a 2005 and therefore NOT covered. I have had the fuel system replaced 3 TIMES since I purchased the car new in 2006. I am also dealing with transmission issues for the THIRD time. The dealership in Richardson, TX are NOT helpful. They have never suggested the radiator fix to prevent future transmission overhauls... Would have been nice the first time.

    I am sending a letter to the President of Nissan this week. I currently have a 2005 Nissan with a poor transmission (even though I already did a complete overhaul LESS THAN a year ago, and got a new Torque converter last month again.) AND my gas gauge is broken for the THIRD time and hasn't worked in almost a year.

    The 2005 Nissan Pathfinder is certainly a :lemon: Stay away... unless you want to buy mine and put me out of my misery!
  • duchess748duchess748 Posts: 2
    I love your idea post #329!! LOL! That is great! I just might do that if Nissan doesn't answer my letter to my satisfaction. You should organize a day in June where all unhappy 2005 Pathfinder owners do this near their local dealer.
  • audhamaudham Posts: 31
    edited May 2010
    WE SHOULD!! That would be too funny!!

    Our Saturday that we did this was soooo funny!! My husband had way too much fun ;)

    We parked the Pathfinder directly under their “Tent Event” sign. IT WAS GREAT!!! They actually brought out there own cars and wrote on their windows as well. They’re sooo stupid. They parked one in front and one behind us and they even tied balloons to them. They wrote “DON’T GO TO JIFFY LUBE” “ONLY HAVE NISSAN FACTORY WORK DONE” So we pulled out our Nissan work orders where they in fact did our oil changes ~ DUH!!!

    We even had print outs of the e-mails from the 3 websites and their salesmen were reading them. All they had to say was “So, why are you here? Why not contact NISSAN?” So we walk 5 steps backwards, look up at the big huge tent event sign and say “We’re in the right place, the sign up there does in fact say NISSAN”. And they say blondes are dumb :shades:

    Pretty much every single person who went in read our signs and paperwork. There were even people from other dealers coming over to take a picture of the pathfinder

    :P On Nissan :P
  • huntsterhuntster Posts: 1
    <my 91 pathy has had a few concerns lately. one is that there is a substantial rattling when i am coasting without the accelerator engaged. the next is more concerning. there tends to be a shrill screaching when i accelerate, mostly in the first and second gears. it is a manual. this screaching seems to subside when i warm it up for a few minutes. it sounds similar to a bad belt, but i don´t think that is what it is. if anyone has any information on this i would appreciate the feedback. thanks
  • sosenskysosensky Posts: 7
    My 2005 Pathfinder has the same transmission problem that everyone is complaining about too - a terrible shudder, bucking at 45 mph & 65 mph. I paid for a tranny flush which didn't work. I also paid for a fuel guage replacement too when it no longer gave a reading. Everyone is complaining about that too. Right from the start I had a engine belt and pulley problem, then the check engine light would come on and go off - told the gas cap was defective. Brakes squeal in reverse since the day we bought it. Nissan is making me jump through all the hoops, which I'll do. I am demanding they reimburse me for the fuel repair, approx. $400, the tranny flush, approx. $450, and that it replace my tranny too. Nissan is making me pay to diagnose the tranny problem - imagine, like it doesn't know what the problem is. I do not expect to have to pay to repair or replace defective parts, parts the manufacturer must admit are defective. I am an attorney and will not take this sitting down.
  • lmac2005lmac2005 Posts: 4
    There is a known DEFECT in the radiator/radiator coolers in the '05, '06 and '07 NISSAN PATHFINDERS which causes the radiator and the transmission to fail. We learned the hard way when we were backing out of our driveway and we heard a loud clunking noise, our engine light came on and our car would not move forward. Our mechanic sent it to a transmission specialist who announced that not only do we need a new tranny, but our radiator was runined too because the radiator coolant leaked into the transmission fluid, which should NEVER happen.

    The first thing we did was to research the problem on the Web. We typed 205 Nissan Pathfinder transmission problem into Google and came up with pages of websites related to the problem. We found that Nissan installed the faulty coolers into '05, '06 and '07 models. We printed out hundreds of pages of complaints and information about the problem for future use.

    The second thing we did was to contact the Nissan dealer in Simi Valley, California and had our car towed over there, where it remained for nearly 6 weeks. That dealership was absolutely no help at all, informing us that since our car was out of warranty there was nothing they could do. They figured the repairs would be around $8,000.

    We then lodged a formal complaint with the N.H.T.S.A. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) which is the Governmental agency in our country who, among other things, issues mandatory recalls on certain vehicles when needed. On their website (www.nhtsa.gov) you will find many, many complaints about the Pathfinder's cooling system defect. There are alot of very angry Pathfinder owners who have spent thousands of dollars for repairs while Nissan (knowing there is a HUGE problem), refuses to issue a voluntary RECALL.

    We then had our car repaired at an independent repair shop recommended to us by a friend. the transmission repair shop was well aware of the problem in the 2005-2007 Pathfinders and had already repaired many of them. We ended up spending $5,000. on a new tranny as well as a new radiator and external cooler. He also rerouted the lines so this problem can never happen again.

    We have contacted our attorney to try to recoup our money from NISSAN. Our attorney informed us that we have a good case because whether you are out of warranty or not, when a defective part is installed in a vehicle, the automaker has to stand behind their parts forever. There are thousands os people on automotive websites all over the Web who are taking action by posting complaints and contacting the Nissan Headquarters, as well as contacting an attorney for help.

    Please pass this information along to anyone you know who has a Pathfinder because unfortunately this defect is not detectable to most mechanics until the worse happens. Fortunately this problem can be solved BEFORE the car fails by a competent mechanic.

    If all of us who have suffered this problem could band together, we might even have a chance to battle Nissan with a Class Action Lawsuit that would force them to issue a mandatory RECALL.....keep on fighting people, maybe we can win !!
  • lmac2005lmac2005 Posts: 4
    I just posted a message you might want to read....
  • sosenskysosensky Posts: 7
    Thanks Imac. I read your post. I have filed a complaint with Nissan NA. Again, they are making me jump through all the hoops - which I must do so it cannot argue that I didn't exhaust my remedies. Then if I don't get my way, I will sue the dealership and Nissan NA for the reasons I stated. I love my Pathfinder, except for the transmission problem and the money I have spent on the defective parts. I am a loyal customer having bought 2 new cars at the dealership and have them serviced there too. So, I am expecting a happy ending. If not, I am ready to give it right back. Stay tuned. Good luck to everyone else. Regards, Steven.
  • audhamaudham Posts: 31
    edited May 2010
    WOW! It's good to see another SoCal person on this list. We were actually in Simi headed towards Ventura when the really bad noticeable symptoms started.

    I was starting to think I was the only one out here but I knew I couldn't be!! AND I got confirmation on 5/22 from the Nissan dealer in Valencia that they have had one in there with of course the exact same problem (coolant leaked into the transmission).

    BE SURE TO GO LOOK AT MESSAGE #339! THIS HAS ALL THE LAWYER INFO! We need EVERYONE who falls into this specific category. ESPECIALLY IF YOUR CAR WAS STILL UNDER THE 60,000mi WARRANTY PERIOD.
  • sosenskysosensky Posts: 7
    Had the 2005 Pathfinder diagnosed the other day, which Nissan made me pay for. Imagine. Remember, Nissan made me pay for the what must be famous now transmission flush, $500, a month ago which it knew wouldn't resolve the problem. Well, surprise, surprise, the recent diagnosis shows the radiator leaked fluid into the transmission which fouled it out. The dealer told me yesterday the radiator and transmission need replacement, and that he got me a good deal on a aftermarket radiator and a rebuilt transmission. I told the dealer to tell that to Nissan NA and gave the name and telephone of the person dealing with my complaint. They will make a decision on Friday. Don't let the dealer pull the warranty [non-permissible content removed] with you. Everyone knows the problem takes a while to manifest and it's a manuf. defect in the radiator - if any of this can even be believed (perhaps both the radiator and transmission were defective on manuf.). Remember too that I am a loyal customer (purch. 2 new cars from the dealer and had them both serviced there). Looking for refund of the charges I paid for the defective fuel guage replacement, $400, the bogus radiator flush, $500, and the 2 bogus diagnosis charges, $95 ea., plus replacement radiator and transmission. Let's see what Nissan decides on Friday. Good luck everyone else. Steven.
  • lmac2005lmac2005 Posts: 4
    In my prior post I left out a very important piece of information that our transmission mechanic told us. He said that if everyone who has the coolant defect leak problem has their local Nissan dealership do the repairs, they will use parts that might fail again. We are looking for the right attorney to file a class action suit for all of us that have been ripped off by Nissan whether we had to pay the dealership for the repairs OR if we had our cars repaired by an independent auto transmission shop. In our case there was NO WAY we were going to let Nissan repair our car and have it happen again.

    Also, all of us should be contacting the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to file a formal complaint because we were told that the N.H.T.S.A. monitors auto websites like Edmunds, etc. to keep abreast of problems that people are reporting about their vehicles, and if they find enough evidence, they are the governmental agency that issues MANDATORY RECALLS. I'm afraid that if we all wait for Nissan to call a VOLUNTARY RECALL, they never will. I wonder how many employees of Nissan have had their Pathfinders fail on them? :)
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    For all of you out there with the Pathfinder Radiator/Trans problem, here is the ling at the NHTSA to report the problem,

    https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/preview.cfm?tostep=4&CFID=14416637&CFTOKEN=88- 973776

    If you have trouble try: www.nhtsa.gov and go to Defects and Recalls. Fill out the form and submit.

    Good Luck.

    Musically,

    Gary
  • mslita01mslita01 Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder I have both problems with the gas gauge and the transmission. I took it in to my local nissan dealer and they did a diagnostic test on it and told me that my transmission had to be replaced and it would be in excess of about $7,000 - $8,000 dollars.

    Since this wasn't in my budget I got it home to a well known and honest mechanic i knew and let him took a look at it come to find out my gears were burnt out, radiator was bust and water was in the transmission. The only thing the dealership informed me of was the gears being burnt out and water in the transmission, which meant if i had went ahead and replaced the transmission I would have still had a busted radiator.

    I contacted Nissan corporation and complained about both of my problems but off course my car wasn't on the issued recall for the gas gauge and they would not accept responsibility for either problem. So what I'm in the process of doing right now is contact Good Morning Americana and putting my story out their for my and all the rest of the consumers who are having this problem.

    If we all can contact them something can and will be done about this :lemon: :mad:
  • luckyducluckyduc Posts: 17
    I have a 2006 Pathfinder with 44K miles on it and it too is shuttering above 40mph. I highly suspect that I too have the same issue with the radiator leaking into the tranny. I'll be taking it to a dealer this week to see what they have to say. I must say that this is a MAJOR issue that warrants a recall considering the number of people having the same EXPENSIVE problem. All vehicles are going to have some problems, but a NEW tranny and radiator after only 44k miles is ridiculous! If Nissan does not do right by me I will never buy another one, For those of you who are getting new radiators and trannys... Did they actually fix the issue, or just install the same defective components that will most likely fail again down the road?
  • lmac2005lmac2005 Posts: 4
    How do we start a Class Action Suit?? With so many unhappy Pathfinder owners out there, all we need is legal advice to start the gears in motion !!
  • stevlllstevlll Posts: 5
    How did it go?

    In Canada, Nissan has totally abandoned me even though I have two years left on the warranty. Problem is still there. I got a new rad, but the transmission is doing the same thing, albeit not as bad. I dropped the transmission pan and had the fluid checked - water and glycol is still in there. I have now notified them that I am getting quotes to fix externally (transmission needs an overhaul at the very least), and then we go to court.

    I think that this problem is widespread. It takes time to pinpoint the problem, it starts out as a subtle one and then grows, so it is easy to miss. Then the flush buys Nissan time. I asked one guy in a parking lot last weekend, he had the same problem. He just did not know how serious it was - he has had a couple of flushes etc etc., just did not think about it This guy was Nissan's dream customer. I explained what water and glycol does to transmissions - he got it.

    Nissan hopes that everything will stay quiet while the warranties run out, it is a race against time. Get the word out to anyone who wil listen.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    contact this legal firm. they are in the process of a class action. fill out the form and sulmit.

    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/offices.htm
  • sosenskysosensky Posts: 7
    2005 Pathfinder. So, Friday I get a call from Nissan NA telling me that they got the diagnosis (radiator is bad and leaked into tranmission fouling it out). Remember, the dealter upon relaying that to me told me that they could get me a remanuf. tranny and an after market radiator. That's when I told dealter to tell that to Nissan.)Rep told me that Nissan needed more time to decide what to do with me. I am demanding replacement tranny and radiator, and refund of tranny flush, 2 diagnosis charges, and the fuel guage replacement. I asked Nissan to hurry because I was driving a truck that I thought wasn't operating properly. I am jumping through all the hoops and being patient. Let's see what happens with me. Thanks for your interest, and good luck with everyone else. Steven.
  • luckyducluckyduc Posts: 17
    Thanks for the update Steven. Please keep us posted.
  • We too are having the same issue with our 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with 66,000 miles. It has been at the Nissan dealership for almost 2 weeks while we wait to see if Nissan will cover the new radiator and transmission. We were promised an answer last week and we are still waiting...... The dealership said the cost is $5900. We too brought it in 2 months ago because the transmission was acting up. The dealership said a radiator flush would solve the problem.....

    Lets hope Nissan will value it's customers and take care of their problem!
  • audhamaudham Posts: 31
    edited June 2010
    6/1/2010 ** CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IN PROGRESS **

    PLEASE PEOPLE > GO TO THIS SITE AND FILL OUT THE FORM!!

    UPDATE FROM LAWYER SINCE MESSAGE #338**

    They have set up investigation pages specifically for the 2005 Pathfinder
    problems, and have asked people who email him to use these pages
    to provide basic info. The links are:

    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/defects/pathfinder.php
    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/contact/contact-pathfinder.htm

    In order to make sure there database is complete please provide the
    requested info on the online form.

    Please provide these links to anyone who would be interested in contacting us about these problems.

    THANK YOU!!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,297
    If you think you have a warranty claim against Nissan, you may want to first try for a free or cheap consultation with a local lawyer to see what options you may have.

    A case in which the only winners are lawyers (MSNBC)

    Congress did change the law in 2005 to require independent review of "coupon settlements" but you may still do better negotiating by yourself before joining a class action suit. Lots of small claims courts have limits of $5,000 or more, which may be enough to cover most of a fix if you have time and energy to go that route.
    .

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • sosenskysosensky Posts: 7
    Sabowman, it sounds like we, together with many others, have very similar situations. I am still waiting too. Been waiting 3 business days since I heard from my rep at Nissan NA telling me that she was waiting for word from above. That call coming about 3 days after a call informing me that Nissan NA received the diagnosis from the dealer of the radiator failure and resultant transmission problem. To paint the picture further, like you, the dealer sold me a transmission flush months ago as a "first step" on the way to diagnosing the problem. I was never informed of radiator failure leading to the fouling of the transmission fluid. The dealer has been servicing the vehicle since it's new and never told me to keep an eye on this or advised me that it was keeping an eye on this - as if all this were rare, unrecurring, not deserving of mention. Is Nissan NA trying to profit from this by just selling owners maintenance, radiators/transmissions? I am just jumping through hoops now until I get the answer I deserve. I won't wait 2 weeks though. Good luck, and keep me posted. Steven.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    :shades: let me ask everyone something , does this transmission radiator failure ,only apply to 2005-2006 pathfinders, or any of there cars with the same motor ,or prior to 2005 or after 2006 pathfinder's ? ,thanks just checking the information on this matter?
  • sstanisstani Posts: 11
    I have just found this information on the edmunds.com site about other people and their problem with transmission on 2005 Pathfinder. We have the same problem. 6 months ago our car just quit on us when we were driving and stopped at a light. We found out the coolant had got into the transmission and the Nissan dealer said we needed a new transmission, radiator , like $6000!! we took it to another car repair shop and he was trying to find a rebuilt transmission but cannot, so he has been trying to replace transmission 'parts', we still do not have our car working! I submitted my complaint to the lieff cabraser website today. Does anyone have any information about the status of what the lawyers can do for us on this situation?
  • chopin3chopin3 Posts: 1
    I had the same problem with my 2005 Pathfinder! Leaking coolant fluid into the transmission. $5200.00 dollars in repairs! And to top it off, the fuel sensor is gone! They have to drop the gas tank and replace it! $600.00!!
    I had to have to transmission rebuilt by a shop! I couldn't believe it! I'm hoping for a class action suit!
  • audhamaudham Posts: 31
    edited June 2010
    I would say this transmission/radiator failure issue does in fact only apply to the redesigned 2005 (or newer) Pathfinder models. I believe when they changed the design (which I love!) they messed up BIG TIME under the hood.

    And there is a very strong possibility that this applies to the newer Titan trucks that have the exact same design. I think there are already posts on this forum that have indicated exactly that.

    ***

    ** CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IN PROGRESS **

    PLEASE PEOPLE > GO TO THIS SITE AND FILL OUT THE FORM!!

    UPDATE FROM LAWYER SINCE MESSAGE #338**

    They have set up investigation pages specifically for the `05 and newer Pathfinder
    problems, and have asked people who email him to use these pages
    to provide basic info. The links are:

    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/defects/pathfinder.php

    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/contact/contact-pathfinder.htm

    In order to make sure there database is complete please provide the
    requested info on the online form.

    Please provide these links to anyone who would be interested in contacting us about these problems.

    THANK YOU!!
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